By Dominic Toner
West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang has revealed the club rejected an approach from Fiorentina for his signature, but insists it’s “very likely” he will return to Italian football in the future.
The 25-year-old moved to the Hammers in 2015 from Serie A club Sampdoria and has developed into an important player for the Londoners.
The midfielder enforcer has been one of the standout individuals at the London Stadium this season, but is currently sidelined with an ankle injury and is set to miss the rest of the campaign.
Obiang has explained that West Ham held brief talks with Fiorentina about the Spaniard, but he wanted to stay in the Premier League.
However, he has confessed that it’s very probable he will move back to the Italian league in the future and ex-club Sampdoria would be his preferred destination.
“It’s very likely I’ll return to Italy, but I don’t know when, I would return here (Sampdoria) above all else, but you never know,” Obiang told GianlucaDiMarzio.com. “I would certainly like to return, everyone wants to but there are many teams, we’ll have to wait a bit.
“Fiorentina? There were some simple discussions, but West Ham didn’t want to sell me and I wanted to stay there.”
West Ham have endured a difficult season so far and have found it difficult since their switch to a new ground.
Slaven Bilic’s side were in danger of being drawn into the relegation battle, but a 1-0 victory over Swansea means they have an eight-point cushion over the drop zone.
They managed to slip down from the European spots from last season and are now just 14th in the table.
However, Obiang’s performances have been one of the few positives and the midfielder powerhouse could be in the running for their player of the year.
He made 30 appearances before his injury setback and was a regular in Bilic’s starting line-up.
In other West Ham transfer news, they are set to pounce for a proven Premier League defender.